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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond shake hands for media at the conclusion of their press conference in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015.

Philip Hammond: we are not ‘blind’ to Iran’s faults

24 August 2015 8:42

Philip Hammond is the first Foreign Secretary to visit Iran in over a decade as he returned to reopen the Britain’s embassy in Tehran yesterday. But what has prompted this change in government policy? On the Today programme, Hammond explained… Continue reading

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An anti-US mural painted on the wall of the former US embassy (Photo: Atta Kenare/Getty)

The Iranian regime is anti-Western and anti-Semitic. Can we really trust its nuclear deal?

14 July 2015 21:10

It is often said that British ambition and influence in the world are on the wane. But there can be few greater demonstrations of this than our country’s lack of… Continue reading

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (Photo: Joe Klamar/Getty)

An historic day for Iran and a horrifying one for Israel

14 July 2015 16:48

When the Shah of Iran gave the order to create the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) in 1974 it is unlikely that he had any idea of just how… Continue reading

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Is worker health and safety just a Eurocentric construct? (Photo: Getty)

Qatar doesn’t deserve to host the 2022 World Cup but Turkey does

1 June 2015 14:16

The campaign against Qatar’s plans to host the World Cup is racist and Islamophobic, according to the former prime minister of the oil-rich absolute monarchy where Indian workers are treated… Continue reading

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US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman (Photo: Valentin Flauraud/Getty)

Military inspections must be a non-negotiable part of Iran’s nuclear deal

29 May 2015 16:00

It is probably safe to say that the negotiations with Iran aren’t going very well. As the 30 June deadline for a final agreement looms America’s top negotiator Wendy Sherman has… Continue reading

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A symbol of peace? (Photo: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty)

Tony Blair has long been an irrelevance in the Middle East peace process

28 May 2015 11:52

Following months of speculation, Tony Blair has finally announced he is standing down as the Quartet Representative to the Middle East after eight years in the post. It is tempting to… Continue reading

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Why wasn’t the head of Hamas properly cross-examined during his BBC interview?

10 April 2015 13:26

When journalists have the much sought after opportunity to interview the heads of states and organisations with appalling human rights records the very least we expect is to see such… Continue reading

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Israel Heads To The Polls As The Election Is Too Close To Call

We can’t just blame Benjamin Netanyahu for the lack of peace in the Middle East

18 March 2015 15:13

The re-election of Benjamin (‘Bibi’) Netanyahu in Israel has not gone down well in the chancelleries of Europe, let alone the White House. During his terms of office, a majority… Continue reading

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Andy Burnham burnishes his foreign policy credentials

18 March 2015 10:41

If Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham’s future leadership aspirations were ever in doubt, then take a look at his reaction to the news of Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election as Prime Minister of… Continue reading

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Benjamin Netanyahu discusses Iran (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Was Netanyahu’s message worth the diplomatic damage it caused?

5 March 2015 11:40

For weeks before his plane set off for Washington, Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress was exhaustingly analysed here in DC. Did Speaker Boehner adequately notify the White House… Continue reading

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Mohammed Emwazi studied at the University of Westminster (Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty)

If ‘non-violent extremists’ can’t express their views at universities, where can they?

4 March 2015 12:49

Last month, the government’s Counter-Terrorism & Security Bill became law. One provision is the legal obligation it places upon ‘specified authorities’ to ‘prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. ‘Specified authorities’… Continue reading

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Piers Morgan. Photo: Getty Images.

Clash of the Titans: Rod Liddle calls Piers Morgan a halfwit

19 February 2015 17:36

Piers Morgan’s claim in the Daily Mail that the Prime Minister of Israel’s reaction to the  terror attacks in Denmark ‘is a disgrace’ has caught the attention of Mr S’s colleague… Continue reading

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Benjamin Netanyahu has repeated his call for European Jews to immigrate to Israel (Photo: Menahem Kahana/Getty)

Israel has become a life-insurance policy for many British Jews

16 February 2015 12:22

Weekends are quality time in the Alderman household. On Saturday evenings, following the termination of the Sabbath, my wife and I are accustomed to sit together, review the week that… Continue reading

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The siege in a kosher shop in Paris proves why Israel needs to exist

9 January 2015 17:10

As I write a siege is ongoing in a Kosher shop in Paris.  In France, Belgium and across Europe in recent years, Jews have repeatedly been the targets of Islamist… Continue reading

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Australia finally feels the ripples of Islamist terrorism on its own shores

16 December 2014 11:11

It was a scene that Australians are hitherto unfamiliar with. Terrified civilians forced at gunpoint to press a black flag, bearing the shahādah – the Islamic declaration of faith, most… Continue reading

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Baroness Warsi.

Baroness Warsi uses her retirement to provoke British Jews

18 November 2014 17:27

If anyone ever wondered what the over-promoted, incapable and incompetent Baroness Sayeeda Warsi was planning to do in retirement, now we know: provoke British Jews on Twitter. Today, after four Jews,… Continue reading

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Alan Opie, left, and Jesse Kovarsky in The Death of Klinghoffer at the Met, New York. Photograph: Ken Howard

This opera is simplistic and dangerous. So is banning it

27 October 2014 12:39

My father’s house was razed In 1948 When the Israelis passed over our street I’ve never forgotten the opening lines to John Adam’s 1991 opera, The Death of Klinghoffer. Crisp, elegiac, this  ‘Chorus… Continue reading

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Forensic police officers near the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada on October 22, 2014 (Photo: AFP/Getty)

Why would jihadi terrorists attack Canada? Better to ask: why not?

23 October 2014 12:32

The attacks in Canada probably seem non-sensical to some people. After all, much of the press and political class in the West has spent years trying to cover over the… Continue reading

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Ramallah, August 2014 (Photo: Abbas Momani, AFP)

Recognising a Palestinian ‘state’ in Parliament is not only pointless, it’s dangerous

13 October 2014 17:36

Today in Parliament, MPs are voting on a backbench motion (supported by a one-line whip from the Labour party) proposing that Britain recognises Palestine as a state. The motion attempts push a… Continue reading

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Peter Tatchell (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty)

In Palestine, homosexuality is a capital offence. Does Peter Tatchell not realise this?

11 September 2014 19:01

Peter Tatchell has been awarded an honorary fellowship from Goldsmiths University for ’47 years of LGBTI activism’ and campaigning. I’m not sure I agree with these baubles, but if anyone… Continue reading

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How can Jews oppose Muslim anti-Semitism without being ‘Islamophobic’?

2 September 2014 19:00

On Sunday there was a rally in London demanding ‘zero tolerance’ of anti-Semitism. About 4,500 people gathered in front of the Royal Courts of Justice. Speakers who addressed the crowds… Continue reading

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Shelves in Sainbury's, Holborn, emptied of kosher foods. Image: Colin Appleby

Britain’s anti-Semitic whiff of Weimar

18 August 2014 18:52

There is a whiff of Weimar in the air in Britain. Barely a week now passes without some further denigration caused by anti-Semitic, sorry, pro-Palestine demonstrators targeting businesses run by… Continue reading

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The Scottish National Party And Labour Battle For Control Of Glasgow In The Local Elections

Why is the SNP endorsing Israel haters?

13 August 2014 11:46

Regular readers will have noticed that I don’t like Islamic fundamentalists. Nor — though this is perhaps less often on display — do I much like Scottish Nationalists. Not just… Continue reading

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How far would this gruesome twosome go over Gaza?  (Photo by Ben Gurr - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

How far do the Lib Dems want to go over Gaza?

12 August 2014 18:14

Well, well, well. What’s all this then? Uncle Vince has announced the suspension of 12 export licenses to Israel. Here’s what he said: ‘We welcome the current ceasefire in Gaza… Continue reading

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Here's the (daily) proof of Hamas's murderous intent. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Owen Jones is lying about Israel. Plain and simple.

11 August 2014 17:22

Owen Jones’s column in the Guardian is headlined ‘Anti-Jewish hatred is rising – we must see it for what it is.’ Sadly the article falls well short of that headline’s… Continue reading

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